Ford C-Max Hybrid Problems

Front 3/4 view of a C-Max Hybrid

Ranks 75th in reliability out of 76 hybrid models.

The C-Max was Ford's first pure hybrid line of vehicles, including both a hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant. And like most first-generation products, it shows.

This car chews through batteries. Recent model years don't have as many complaints, but it could only be a matter of time.

Most Common C-Max Hybrid Complaints

battery dead
This Electrical problem has been made 42 times by 2013 model year owners.
battery goes dead intermittently when parked
This Electrical problem has been made 27 times by 2013 model year owners.
power steering failure
This Steering problem has been made 15 times by 2013 model year owners.
battery completely dead. car would not start
This Electrical problem has been made 7 times by 2014 model year owners.
fuel economy not near the advertised mileage
This Fuel System problem has been made 7 times by 2013 model year owners.
engine stalls/shuts down while driving
This Engine problem has been made 5 times by 2013 model year owners.

C-Max Hybrid Generations

The C-Max Hybrid has 1 generations. Generations are groups of model years where the vehicles are continuously produced, using similar engineering and shared features. Generation data isn't always cut-and-dry and is often different for different countries. When in doubt, we use North American generation data.

  1. 2nd Generation C-Max Hybrid (2013—2018)

    This generation ranks 102nd in reliability out of 102 generations.

    Front 3/4 view of a 2nd generation C-Max Hybrid

News About the C-Max Hybrid

C-Max Door Latches Recalled

Ford just can't seem to shut the door on a latch issue that prevents doors from closing. They recently expanded a recall by 2.3 million vehicles, including the C-Max. There's an appalling pawl shortage (which is much more fun to say than it is to experience). This means owners should receive a first notice about the recall, then a second notice when the parts are available.

Blue C-Max Hybrid on the road near a beach with the sun in the background

7 Hybrids to Avoid in 2016

A list of seven hybrids to avoid buying if you were in the market for a used car. They aren’t necessarily hybrids from the 2016 model year (although they can be), but just the cars that were the biggest pains to own this year.

3/4 view of a Toyota Camry hybrid on a white back drop

Ford to Compensate Owners for False MPG Ratings

Ford has to revise the fuel ratings on six of its popular cars, and not in a good way. The company says they over-estimated the fuel efficiency on these cars and then reported those inflated numbers to the EPA. And now they've been caught.